Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-3-0 (2 pts)
Maple Leafs: 2-2-0 (4 pts)
The Rangers will begin a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) record, following a 2-1 loss against the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. The loss ended the Rangers’ eight-game winning streak against the Flyers, including a four-game winning streak at Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 2-2-0 (4 pts) record, following a 7-4 loss against the Islanders on Thursday at Toronto. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
All-Time: 220-272-95-6 overall (127-111-56-3 at home; 93-161-39-3 on the road)
- 2013: Tonight the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
- Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (0-2-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 12-13 (92.3%) in the season series. Marian Gaborik led all skaters with three goals, and tied for the series lead in scoring with four points. Brad Richards led the team with three assists in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 3.30 GAA, while Martin Biron posted a 20-save shutout in his only appearance against Toronto last season.
- The Rangers have recorded a point in 10 of their last 12 meetings with the Maple Leafs (8-2-2 over the span), and have out-scored Toronto, 43-23, during the stretch
- New York ranked seventh with a 27-12-2 (56 pts) record at home last season; Toronto tied for 20th with a 17-21-3 (37 pts) mark on the road last season
- The Rangers were 11-8-1 vs. the Northeast Division last season; the Maple Leafs were 9-6-5 vs. the Atlantic Division last season
- New York lists one former Maple Leaf on their roster: Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
- Toronto lists one former Ranger on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 20 GP, 10-6-4, 2.66 GAA, 2 SO
Martin Biron — 32 GP, 14-11-2-3, 2.60 GAA, 2 SO
Brad Richards — 34 GP, 16-17-33
Marian Gaborik — 15 GP, 9-7-16
Rick Nash — 8 GP, 2-4-6
Michael Del Zotto — 11 GP, 2-2-4
- SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts posted a record of 25-2-4 in games when tallying a power play goal last season, and 34-13-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
- Power Play: The Blueshirts were 1-4 (5:16) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 2-18 (11.1%) with the man advantage through four games. Last season, the Rangers’ power play tallied eight goals in the final six games of the regular season (8-27, 29.6% over the span), and 13-56 (23.2%) in the final 15 games. New York ranked 23rd overall (44-280, 15.7%) and 19th on the road (21-134, 15.7%). The Rangers were 4-18 (13:15) in five-on-three situations (last –4/5 at PIT), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last –3/11 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski); 4/5 at PIT (Letang).
- Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 2-3 (5:09) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 16-20 (80.0%) with one goal while shorthanded through four games. Last season, New York’s penalty kill was 52-60 (86.7%) in the final 20 games, and tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. New York ranked fifth overall (224-260, 86.2%) and sixth on the road (124-142, 87.3%). The Rangers were 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last –3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last –2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
- Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:01) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are minus-1 in six four-on-four situations (5:46) through four games. Last season, the Rangers were plus-seven in 84 four-on-four situations (151:10), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan); 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
- Tonight’s contest will be the third of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (1-1-0)
- Henrik Lundqvist was 7-5-0 with a 2.40 GAA and one shutout against Original Six opponents last season
- Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring against Original Six opponents last season with eight goals and 14 points
- Brad Richards tallied 12 points against Original Six opponents last season, including a team-high, eight assists
- Michael Del Zotto led all team defensemen in scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) against Original Six opponents last season
- New York is 55-33-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 16-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .610 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.651, 44-22-7), and ahead of Montreal (.602, 76-48-13), Chicago (.533, 35-30-11), Boston (.528, 64-56-21), and Toronto (.493, 58-60-19).
DOING THE DIRTY WORK
The Rangers lead the league in hits (117) and ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots (66) after four games. Captain Ryan Callahan leads the league in hits (20), and ranks first among NHL forwards in blocked shots (nine). Two Rangers – Ryan McDonagh (11) and Dan Girardi (10) – are tied for fourth and sixth in the NHL, respectively, in blocked shots.
Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.
RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
- Leading after the 1st period — 21-3-3 (16th in NHL)
- Leading after the 2nd period — 30-0-3 (8th in NHL)
- Trailing after two periods — 5-18-1 (5th in NHL; five 3rd period comeback wins)
- Out-shooting their opponent — 30-13-1 (1st in NHL)
- Scoring first — 35-5-3 (3rd in NHL)
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Ryan Callahan — 1 point from 200th NHL career
- Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
- Derek Stepan — 1 point from 100th NHL career
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 4
- Arron Asham (groin, 1/20) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 6